CLE Training: Collecting and Deciphering Criminal Documents In New York

Noncitizens often interact with other systems that impact their immigration situation. For noncitizens who have had contact with the police, determining what happened in their criminal case is a crucial step in understanding if and how it impacts their immigration matters. This course will walk you through the maze of mapping contact with the New York criminal legal system, collecting and reading criminal documents such as RAP sheets and Certificates of Disposition, and offer tips on how to organize the information so you can begin to analyze what the case outcome means for your client.

The training is virtual and free of charge. Advanced registration is required.

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What you will learn:

  • An overview of the path of a criminal case in New York and types of documents that are generated in a New York State criminal case.
  • How to obtain documents about your clients’ interactions with the New York criminal legal system and why it’s necessary to review these documents.
  • How to locate and interpret information on New York Certificates of Disposition and RAP sheets.
  • How to organize information from criminal cases so that you can begin a criminal-immigration analysis. Note that this training does not cover how to conduct this legal analysis. 

Who should attend:

  • Immigration attorneys and advocates representing noncitizen clients who may have had contact with the criminal legal system in New York City. 
  • This course is not open to individuals employed by local, state, or federal law enforcement agencies, including the Department of Homeland Security or by prosecutorial agencies including District Attorney’s Offices.


  • Genia Blaser—Director of Hotline
  • Laura Wooley—Hotline Staff Attorney
  • Gabby Dimaté—Hotline and Intake Program Coordinator


Tuesday,  June 18, 2024 – 12:00pm – 2:00pm (ET)
Please note that this is an online event and will be held through the Zoom webinar platform.


The program is presented free of charge.
Registration is currently open and will close on Thursday,  June 18, 2024 at 11:00am (ET).

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How to access a Zoom Webinar:

The Immigrant Defense Project requires all registrants to authenticate their profile in order to confirm the registrant’s identity. You must register for this webinar training using an email address that is associated with a Zoom account. If you did not do this, you will need to create a new account that corresponds to the email address used during your registration. How to Access a Zoom Webinar

Continuing Legal Education Credits:

IDP has been certified by the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board as an Accredited Provider of Continuing Legal Education in the State of New York (2022–2025) in traditional and non-traditional formats. This transitional/non-transitional program has been approved in accordance with the requirements of the Continuing Legal Education Board for a maximum of 2 credit hours in Areas of Professional Practice.

Additional Information:

  • This course is offered free of charge. 
  • Training will be held online through the Zoom webinar platform. You must register for this webinar training using an email address that is associated with a Zoom account. 
  • Individuals who are not present during the live training will not be eligible for the CLE credits.  
  • CLE certifications will be distributed by July 18, 2024.
  • Please send inquiries to [email protected]

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